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IELTS general essay writing tips : How to prepare

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English is a power world known language, which leads businesses, countries, continents, rally people from whole the world. And due to that, more and more people in recent years want to pass international exams, such as TOEFL,CAE, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), FCE and a lot of others. On the one hand, there are people who need such certificate to confirm the level of English skills, on the other hand, this document gives a perfect chance for everyone to get an immigration visa, in order to build a successful career in the one of the European countries or to find a good job or study abroad. This article presents such an international system as IELTS and shows the right methods of preparing for its Writing Part.


Firstly, a few words should be told about this exam. IELTS was designed to test the level of the English knowledge by the three international organizations, the leaders in examination field. They are Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA), the British Council and IELTS Australia.Thus, it is an irreplaceable step in everyone’s’ dreams’ implementation if they plan to change a place of living, want to find a perspective workplace or decide to investigate universities in any of the English-speaking countries. IELTS test results may help everyone to reach even a particular dream, because this test results are now admitted by more than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries of the world, including immigration agencies, universities, colleges, famous employers, professional worldwide organizations, and other public institutions in a lot of countries, among which are: United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Germany and others well-known ones.

Taking the IELTS exam, everyone should be ready to be tested on the four main language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS Writing is a test system which check the written English skills, the total duration of which is 60 minutes. The IELTS Writing block consists of two tasks: the first task (150 words) it is a description of a graph or a graphic pattern (report) and the second task (250 words) is an essay one.
Now, we are going to understand how to prepare properly to write the second part of the IELTS Writing block. As Writing is evaluated on four parameters, each of which carries 25% of the assessment, we will try to consider the percent correct preparation, taking into account these parameters. IELTS essay is a specific written work. Word “Specific” means a special approach to its writing.

So, how about the IELTS Writing test?

Do you know that in consequence with the official statistics of the IELTS.orgIELTS Writing Exam is the hardest? When you understand clearly that you really need to pass this exam try to do the next options first of all:

  • Arrange an every day meeting with your tutor to check the essay, which you prepared;
  • Ask your friend/girlfriend to check the essay at home;
  • Visit any essay writing courses, which help you to prepare your essay.

If you still decide to prepare for essay writing with your own, first of all, we advise to stay focused, read the task and just then begin to write. Do that only when you exactly imagine what will be the outcome of your story. It may take you near ten minutes to think about the essay plan and emphasize all the information which you are going to use in the essay. In the written part of the IELTS exam, you will need to show your vocabulary’s rich. Therefore, check also your text on the presence of “words-parasites” or repeated words.



“Cognize yourself” is one of the most famous philosophical statements. What attitude does it have to the essay writing? Did Platon mean the IELTS test have been writing down his thoughts? Of course not, but… The idea is that you should check your mistakes when you write an essay. The point is not to find out all fatal mistakes, but little ones in order to save time on the exam. Instead, it will be more useful for you to check for common mistakes. As a rule, each student creates a list of his/hers typical, popular errors during the IELTS Writing preparation.



The only way to complete successfully essay writing part is to write a lot and often. The regular practice will improve your skills and expand knowledge, so do not neglect it. The best option is to use special aids, which contains examples of essays and assignments to them. The more you practice, the more likely you will have time to keep within the allotted few minutes to check your work during the main IELTS exam. The practice will allow you to fix in mind the structure of different essays, the approximate time which required for various types of writing tasks and the basic thoughts on a given topic, and spend the precious minutes on the test.
First, we have to note that you can find a great variety of topics for essays writing on the Internet and after a couple months of practice in such writing you realize that in fact the common themes are very limited. There is a set of common themes, such as society communication, environmental pollution, harmful lifestyle, modern technologies, the relationship of children and parents, relations between teenagers etc. And of these topics have already formulated the final theme, paraphrased, are specified. And of these topics have already formulated the final theme. Thus, if you are able to determine for itself several abstracts in each of these subjects, then you will pass the exam with ease because you will you already prepared theses for the particular subject and not waste time on think about the structure or idea. Remember that the exam time is enough only for the transfer of ready-made ideas on paper, you have no extra minutes to think about the issue. Therefore, think about all the themes at home, and practice to write an exam in the quiet environment. Quite a large list of topics you can find here.



It will be not enough just to watch and write texts because you also need to work on a lot of mistakes. You have to study grammar and spelling in-depth, drawing attention to the verbs, the construction and alignment proposals, punctuation and spelling difficult words. The essay must be checked by the experienced teacher because it is not easy to prepare for IELTS essay without attending special courses. And, of course, you must not forget to expand constantly your vocabulary — the lack of the right words often prevents to express our thoughts in right way and affects badly on essay’s quality.



Find the teacher who will check your essay. It is desirable to find a native-speaker teacher specializing in IELTS. He will give you good advice, assess your essay under the same criteria as the examiner will. However, if you are sure that you can understand the structure and all the specifics yourself, it is possible just to limit by any native-speaker who will simply test your grammatical errors, syntax, punctuation and natural sounding.



The types of essays are divided into 3 types:

  1. Argument essay (agree or disagree);
  2. Discussion essay (discuss both views and give your opinion);
  3. Advantages / disadvantages of the statement, problems / solutions.

Total official structure of the essay is:

  • The introduction — 2–3 sentences. Paraphrasing topic (general statement);
  • The first paragraph — here you should conclude the topic without giving your opinion;
  • The second paragraph — reasons why, arguments, examples;
  • Third paragraph — reasons why/arguments/examples
  • Summary — 1–2 sentences. Final short paragraph. Paraphrase the main topic and express your views about the whole essay. You can not write any new ideas, just paraphrasing what has been written above. Very briefly.


It is better to think about everything properly. Of course, it is important to perform both tasks from section Writing, but that does not mean that you have to start writing immediately. You can not write a good essay in a hurry and a half before the exam end understand that you can not finish it.



It is needed to write 250 words in the second part of Writing block but never forget that it means at least 250 words. Of course, the brevity is the sister of talent. But not in this IELTS’ task.



You are given about 40 minutes to write test essay. There is no specific limit on the number of words must be written in the essay Writing Part, but it is not necessary to write more than 350 words because examiners usually spend the same limit of time on each test work. If you write too much, they will read “fluently”. It is more simple and easier to evaluate essays which consist of 300 words than 400. On the other hand, the more text you write, the higher is a possibility to make a mistake and grammatical errors. And the greater the chance that you write off topic. The examiner will not read and evaluate what is not directly the issue. Writing less will have more time on the selection of appropriate words, and this is exactly what is estimated. If you write simple near 300 words you will have more time to re-read and test yourself once again.


The main advice in the issue how to prepare to write essay for IELTS are:

  • Train to write essays every day;
  • Make a list of your most often mistakes and try to correct them;
  • Try to study new words every single day;
  • Repeat the grammar rules on every sentence which you are writing;
  • Attend English courses in order to check your essay with an experienced people;
  • Use different online essay writing sources, such as to prepare high-quality texts, in order to get the higher mark;
  • Stick to the rules and main essay structure which are presented on the IELTS official website.

If you want to pass IELTS successfully you should always remember about the examiners because essay written by you must immediately have a positive reaction and leave a good impression. The examiner will be justified with your essay and give you a great plus if you provide a well-structured text from the selected paragraphs without mistakes, interesting and under all official rules.

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